CMCA is pleased to present Hawkeye, a solo exhibition of paintings by Reggie Burrows Hodges.
A tennis ball, warped by the speed of impact, is captured right before it lands on the painted boundary of the court. Its oblong shape is conveyed through negative space—a window into the black ground with which Hodges treats his canvases. This is movement as observed by a Hawk-Eye, as it lives in the paintings of Reggie Burrows Hodges: an opening, through which a series of dynamic works emerge.
The movement of the tennis ball becomes a child’s cannonball dive into a pool, and the objective record of a sporting event is transposed into the landscape of memory. The black ground, which had been contained in the ball depicted in Fault (2021), Wide (2021), and Hawkeye: Pink and Green (2019) is released into the atmosphere of memory paintings, framing scenes sourced from Hodges’s childhood in 1970’s Compton, California. For Hodges, the dissension between the mechanistic documentation of an event and the personal gaze upon the past is never settled, but like his subject matter, is suspended in motion.
Modalities of memory and surveillance tumble over one another in Hawkeye. Hodges’s series relates the huddled referees, conferring an event to a mother’s keen watchfulness over her child. He builds a grammar of tiled floors, wallpaper and tennis courts, a patterned robe and sports uniforms: forms are affected loosely, dancing with the evidence of their brush work in the presence of blackness. Hodges preserves the multiplicity of his subject matter by applying a light touch to snap shots of the past, rendering them hazy and indistinct. Meanings are entangled, tense with forces of personal memory. Hodges grasps with this momentum and guides it into the gentle, profound collisions which ripple through this work.
Hodges is the recipient of the Ellis Beauregard Foundation’s 2020 Fellowship in the Visual Arts. His work is held in the public collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York); Whitney Museum of American Art (New York); Art Institute of Chicago; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Hammer Museum (Los Angeles); Los Angeles County Museum of Art; The Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, (Bentonville, AR); Nasher Museum of Art (Durham, NC); The Rose Art Museum at Brandeis University (Waltham, MA); Stedelijk Museum (Amsterdam); Dallas Museum of Art; Portland Museum of Art; and Colby College Museum of Art (Waterville, ME), among others.
This exhibition is made possible through grants from the Ellis-Beauregard Foundation and the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts with additional support from Bank of America Private Bank, Dowling Walsh Gallery, Marty Jones & Christine Armstrong, Karma, Marilyn Moss Rockefeller, and Pamela & James Wise.
Image caption: Reggie Burrows Hodges, Hawkeye, Melba 77, 2021, Acrylic and pastel on linen
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